CSI’s Principal Radio Engineer, Bill Ruck, was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame (BARHOF) Class of 2014 on Saturday, September 20th, under the category of Engineer. The luncheon was hosted by the Broadcast Legends.
A third-generation native San Franciscan, Bill has been a radio enthusiast from a young age. He recalls listening to his father’s stories of being a radio mechanic for the Army, servicing radios on Liberty and Victory ships during World War II. Bill, himself an aviation electronics technician in the Navy during the Vietnam War, worked as an engineer for local San Francisco radio stations KFOG and KNBR for the 20 years following his military service. A member of the CSI engineering team since 2000, Bill troubleshoots, designs, and engineers public safety radio systems, and navigates the world of FCC licensing.
While working with CSI, he has continued to work as a freelance broadcast engineer and remained an active member of the local broadcast radio community. Bill spends many weekends a year volunteering at the Maritime Radio Historical Society where he maintains historic radio equipment at former RCA Coastal Marine Station KPH, now a part of Point Reyes National Seashore. In fact, he was recently recognized by the California Historical Radio Society for his work at KPH when they named him “Fellow for Historic Preservation.”